"Don't You Want Me" as written by Philip Oakey, Philip Adrian Wright and Jo Callis....
You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, when I met you.
I picked you out, I shook you up
And turned you around, turned you into someone new.

Now five years later on you've got the world at your feet.
Success has been so easy for you.
But don't forget it's me who put you where you are now,
And I can put you back there too.

Don't, don't you want me?
You know I can't believe it
When I hear that you won't see me.
Don't, don't you want me?
You know I don't believe you
When you say that you don't need me.
It's much to late to find
When you think you've changed your mind.
You'd better change it back or we will both be sorry.
Don't you want me, baby?
Don't you want me, oh?
Don't you want me, baby?
Don't you want me, oh?

I was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar,
That much is true.
But even then I knew I'd find a much better place
Either with or without you.

The five years we have had have been such good times,
I still love you.
But now I think it's time I live my life on my own.
I guess it's just what I must do.

Don't, don't you want me?
You know I can't believe it
When I hear that you won't see me.
Don't, don't you want me?
You know I don't believe you
When you say that you don't need me.
It's much to late to find
When you think you've changed your mind.
You'd better change it back or we will both be sorry.
Don't you want me, baby?
Don't you want me, oh?
Don't you want me, baby?
Don't you want me, oh?

Don't you want me, baby?
Don't you want me, oh?
Don't you want me, baby?
Don't you want me, oh?
Don't you want me, baby?
Don't you want me, oh?
Don't you want me, baby?
Don't you want me, oh?
Don't you want me, baby?
Don't you want me, oh?
Don't you want me, baby?
Don't you want me, oh?
Don't you want me, baby?


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  • +2
    General CommentIs it just me, or are these lyrics really creepy? So much implicit threat:

    "But don't forget it's me who put you where you are now
    And I can put you back down, too"

    "You'd better change it back
    Or we will both be sorry"
    david_lpfanon February 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdivorce sucks when the woman you want to get back with doesnt want you back
    eternally_downon January 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti must check out that james iha version...
    this song always reminds me of the film cocktail, except tom cruise is the waitress in the cocktail bar.
    rara.avison May 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation@david. Yes, absolutely. Creepy, threatening. The ominous, minor chord thumb of the synthysizer, the "We will both we sorry." The whole thing sounds like Star 80 to me, a nasty little portrait of sexual power play and jealousy.
    Smokleron March 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI remember first hearing this song in 1982, and being taken aback by Phil Oakey's vocals. I had an older sister at the time, who was in a relationship with a possessive piss jealous boyfriend. He used to emotionally blackmail her with similar lines to the lyrics in this song. The lyrics in this song seem somewhat sinister and creepy to me as a result. But it's still a great song, and one of the quintessential 80's songs.
    GFolauon April 14, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentenjoyable song. good rythm, nice lyrics.
    JAYAon May 01, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere is a really cool version of this song by James Iha of Smashing Pumpkins, and the new girl they had Melissa something. It's a neat cover because they switch roles. Melissa sings the guy part, and James Iha sings the female part. It's funny because he/she (James Iha) is so androgenous. It's a live cover, good one.
    Sleepon June 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. The opening synth sounds so cool, and it has a good rhythm. Unfortunately, the girl's part sounds stilted vocally and lyrically, but the rest of it is good. One of my friends actually wrote me a parody of this song and included one of my former crush's name in it. Good times.
    goddesscarolineon January 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentive been in this situation before, she says she still loves you but she has to go and do her own thing. Sucks big time
    CarefullyStupidon February 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've been in this position too. I think its a song of truth!
    and i think its fab. :)
    JJazzyon May 13, 2009   Link

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